This week, Israel National Radio (Arutz 7) aired Yehuda HaKohen's show "The Struggle".The point blank title of the segment was "Do NOT Trust the Chri$tians!!!"
JI staff member Ellen Horowitz was interviewed in the first half, followed by an interview with former Christian, Shmuel Amos Mann. The show was featured on the A7 Radio homepage for a very brief period before being taken down (see screen shot of feature page
Jewish Israel asked A7 station manager Baruch Gordon why the show was removed. He responded as follows:
"The title of the show "Don't Trust Chri$tians" was completely out of taste and not fit for publication on our site. Arutz Sheva is leading a battle to strengthening Jewish identity on many fronts and in particular against the threat of Christian missionaries and such offensive language only hurts our cause."
feels that the title was indeed provocative, but radio show host Yehuda HaKohen, who is also the director of the Zionist Freedom Alliance (ZFA)
, is a no-nonsense kind of guy and not one to mince words. Yehuda is also a member of the Jewish Israel
online community and he told us that, "This is a serious issue that most activists aren't aware of and it's very important that we do everthing we can to expose this danger confronting the Jewish people"
feels that the content of the show was good and well-worth listening too. So we have uploaded the first half of the program here
, in MP3 format.
The Religious Zionist public views an online news service like INN (Arutz 7) as the last bastion of free and true press here in Israel. Indeed, Israel National News describes itself as "the only independent national radio station in Israel" . While Jewish Israel
understands INN's difficult position in this matter, and while we appreciate their concern and sensitivity towards their non-Jewish visitors; we feel that this radio program was important and should be aired with an appropriate change in title.
has a good working relationship with Arutz 7 and frequently links to their news items and has praised their coverage
Listen to the show
and judge for yourself as to whether or not it should have been pulled. JI members can comment below, other visitors can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and you can write to A7 radio at email@example.com
UPDATE (August 24):
IsraelNationalRadio has now posted the show under the title: The Phantom Menace